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Another Great Day Apache Attitude Dance
Another Great Day
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Apache
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Attitude Dance
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Written in a simmering medium tempo, this distinctive funk chart opens with the bass establishing the groove gradually joined by the rest of the rhythm section. A small combo of soprano sax, baritone sax, trumpet and trombone take the first statement followed by the full ensemble on intricate unison lines as well as tutti ensemble punches and riffs. Solo space is provided for tenor sax. Requires soprano sax

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Originally recorded in 1961 by Jorgen Ingmann (but better known for the recording in 1981 by the Sugarhill Gang), this funky hit has remained a favorite. Feature your drummer or an additional percussionist on this solid chart scored for young bands. Celebrating more than 40 years of funk and soul, the unmistakable sound of Tower of Power still sounds as fresh and impressive as ever. Mark's chart on this hot tune features the blazing horn lines and driving groove of the original.
Attitude Dance Backatown Been There, Done That!
Attitude Dance
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Backatown
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Been There, Done That!
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Celebrating more than 40 years of funk and soul, the unmistakable sound of Tower of Power still sounds as fresh and impressive as ever. Mark's adaptation for 6 horns features the blazing horn lines and driving groove of the original. (Grade 4) From Trombone Shorty's acclaimed CD Backatown, here is the hot title cut arranged for big band in a funky medium tempo. With a blend of catchy riffs, solid ensemble passages, and stop-time breaks, this chart exudes a spirited and unmistakable New Orleans swagger.

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This funky original from Michael Sweeney is very effective for beginning groups and one that is fun to play.  Includes short 4-measure feature spots for each section inclding drums.  Also features a written or ad lib solo for any sax.
Blackbird Boogie Down Brick House
Blackbird
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Boogie Down
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Brick House
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Perhaps one of the Beatles' lesser known tunes, Blackbird remains one of their most creative and memorable. Mike Tomaro's smooth setting uses a blend of light funk along with a brief samba section to create a truly outstanding effect. The theme is stated simply in the beginning on trumpet, followed by an array of orchestrational textures and harmonies. Here is an easy version of Al Jarreau's funky jazz favorite. The rhythms have been simplified without losing the great feel of the original. It is absolutely impossible to find a funkier tune than this R&B hit from the '70s courtesy of The Commodores. Paul's chart has it all from the trademark bass riff to the ensemble punches and melodic hooks. Bring down the house as you groove on this one!
Car Wash - from SHARK TALE - from SHARK TALE Cissy Strut Come Together
Cissy Strut
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Come Together
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Originally recorded by Rose Royce in 1977, this well-known funky hit is enjoying new life in the hit movie Shark Tale recorded by Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott. Few people remember The Meters and this recording from 1969, however, over the years “Cissy Strut” has become a model of funky drumming and simmering grooves and has been recorded by countless rock and jazz artists. Roger Holmes captures the unique sound of the original and includes a flexible solo section along with hot sounds for the entire band.

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Mike Tomaro has taken this Beatles favorite and converted it into a unique setting for jazz ensemble. He kept the slow funky groove intact, but went a little nuts harmonically! Includes an optional guitar solo. This is a great chart for something a little different.

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Comin' Home Baby Comin' Home Baby Cousin Jeff
Comin' Home Baby
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Comin' Home Baby
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Cousin Jeff
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This funky rhythm and blues tune has a great laid back feel and the blues form makes it easy to solo over. Featuring a catchy bass riff and solid writing, your band will want to play this again and again. Includes a solo for alto. Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble – Grade 1-2

This soulful and funky tune is built using a twisted sort of blues progression, but is a great sounding groove for beginning bands. This will come together easily and be fun to play.

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Good old cousin Jeff must have been some funky relative! This Les Hooper original features a moderate tempo and attitude-driven funky 2-beat as it churns through a piano opening, sax melody and brass stabs. Also included is solo space for tenor and some spicy ensemble licks near the end.
Cut the Cake Down to the Nightclub Dusk to Dawn (Solo Alto Sax Feature)
Cut the Cake
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Down to the Nightclub
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Scottish funk group, Average White Band, had two major hits that helped solidify the horn-driven funk sound of the '70s. “Pick Up the Pieces” was released in 1974, and “Cut the Cake” followed close behind in 1975. Signature tunes with catchy horn licks that still sound great today! The masters of funk, Tower of Power, are as relevant and active today as ever before. This hit from the '70s features a moderate tempo groove with an occasional 7/8 measure thrown in for kicks. Paul's arrangement for mature bands also includes an optional open section for any soloist. In sort of a throwback style of slow funk, here is a skillfully composed vehicle for solo alto sax. Rich harmonies and an infectious groove help set the stage. And with careful pacing and tight ensemble figures, this makes an appealing change of pace for any concert or festival.
Earth, Wind & Fire Dance Mix Fantasy Fireshaker - Jazz Ensemble
Earth, Wind & Fire Dance Mix
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Fantasy
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Fireshaker - Jazz Ensemble
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Featuring the classic dance tunes Let's Groove, Boogie Wonderland and Sing A Song, here is a fun medley of hits from Earth, Wind & Fire. The infectious groove and signature horn licks make this a great choice for young players. (Includes full performance CD) One of the most dynamic hits from Earth, Wind & Fire, here is a great sounding arrangement creatively scored in a small group setting. Tenor and trombone are featured on the melody along with a funky baritone sax line. Also includes a solo for tenor sax. (Grade 4) Grade 4-6. (Ferguson/Lowden)

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Funky Cha-Cha Funkytown - from SHREK 2 - from SHREK 2 Getaway
Funky Cha-Cha
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Getaway
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With Arturo Sandoval's newest CD “Hot House” the trumpet master strongly asserts himself as a force to be reckoned with in the area of big band jazz. This is the lead-off tune to the CD and it combines the traditional Cuban dance style with a bit of contemporary funk. The result is a sultry mix that is both dynamic and powerful. Includes solos for Tenor and Trumpet. Originally a pop hit in 1980 and recently featured in the blockbuster movie Shrek 2, your audiences and players will love this funky and catchy chart. Includes a short written or ad lib. solo for alto sax as well as all the well-known riffs. Recorded by the funkmeisters of the 1970s – Earth, Wind & Fire – this is one of their most energetic tunes in a tightly-written and hot-sounding chart. Includes a flexible solo section and solid ensemble scoring.
Ginger Bread Boy Green Onions Happy (from Despicable Me 2)
Ginger Bread Boy
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Green Onions
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Happy (from Despicable Me 2)
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Written in a funky “second line” New Orleans groove, the familiar riff-like melody is traded between sections of the band. There is ample solo space for tenor and trumpet, as well as a display of exceptional writing for the full ensemble. This slow cooking shuffle tune became a trademark for Booker T. & The MG's. Roger has done a nice job of adapting it for young players while keeping the feel of the original. Includes solos for alto or tenor and trumpet, but anyone could solo on this with the easy chord changes. Mike Tomaro makes sure that every section gets into the act in this uplifting arrangement of the megahit by Pharrell Williams. The “breakdown” section features clapping by the band members while the trombones carry the lead. The solo section is open for anybody who happens to be in a happy mood and wants to show it!

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Hard to Handle Hey Pocky Way Higher Ground
Hard to Handle
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Hey Pocky Way
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Higher Ground
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Originally recorded by Otis Redding in 1968, this hard-drving R&B classic has become a mainstay of pop culture covered by a wide range of artists including The Black Crowes, King Floyd, and The Grateful Dead. John Wasson's updated version features the signature horn licks, powerful scoring, and solo for tenor sax.

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Originally recorded by the New Orleans funk band, The Meters, Hey Pocky Way is fashioned here by Eric Richards in the style of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. A great change of pace number, and fun style to play with the little big band format. (Grade 4)

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From Stevie Wonder's acclaimed Innervisions album from 1973, this infectious funk tune has been covered by a variety of artists over the years and found its way into several movies. With a distinctive rock shuffle groove and memorable riffs, Mike Tomaro has transformed this into a sizzling version for jazz ensemble.
Hip-Hug-Her Hurricane Season I Got the Feelin'
Hip-Hug-Her
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Hurricane Season
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I Got the Feelin'
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From Booker T. & the MG's, this is one of the funkiest instrumental tunes ever written. Roger does a nice job of adapting it for young jazz ensemble. Includes solos for tenor and trumpet. From the Trombone Shorty CD Backatown, this tune features the powerful underlying pulse of a New Orleans “second line” feel. In this exciting arrangement, the ensemble alternately screams with the full band riffs, then settles into a simmering rhythmic groove. Sure to be a treat to perform!

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Here is one of the signature hits from the “Godfather of Soul” James Brown in a funky and well-scored chart. The saxes take the lead while the brass deliver all the tight horn riffs. An optional open solo section is also featured along with a short drum break. Classic R&B in a great-sounding package!

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I Heard It Through the Grapevine I JUST WANT TO CELEBRATE I Want You Back
I JUST WANT TO CELEBRATE
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I Want You Back
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This Motown classic was a hit for Marvin Gaye in the 60's and later made popular by the California Raisins. John Berry gives it a new spin in this powerful version for jazz ensemble. The melody is traded between the saxes and trumpets, and solos are included for alto sax and trumpet. Recorded by Rare Earth in the '70s, this tune characterizes the raw energy of this rhythm and blues band. Your band can really dig in on this hot chart by John Berry that features an updated and very hip funk groove and a flexible solo section. The music of the Jackson 5 remains as popular today as ever. Here is one of their biggest hits from the Motown era in a funky arrangement by John Wasson. Skillfully scored for the entire band.

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I Wish In the Stone Isn't She Lovely
I Wish
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In the Stone
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Isn't She Lovely
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This invigorating chart stays true to the classic sound of its creator Stevie Wonder. It features a medium slow groove and a flexible solo section. Guaranteed fun. With no solos required, only a solid driving rhythmic groove, here is an authentic-sounding version of this Earth, Wind & Fire classic. Trombones are featured on the melody and all the signature horn riffs from the original are beautifully captured. Guaranteed fun! Recorded by Stevie Wonder in 1976 on his acclaimed album Songs in the Key of Life, this beautiful song is a good example of combining elements of jazz with pop. Keeping the same easy-flowing shuffle groove of the original, Mike Tomaro adapts this very nicely for the contemporary full jazz ensemble.

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J.B. Rides Again Josie Kid Charlemagne
J.B. Rides Again
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Josie
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Kid Charlemagne
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Written as a tribute to the “Godfather of Soul” James Brown, Rick Stitzel uses plenty of tutti ensemble riffs in creating a chart that's true to this funky style. The solo section can be played by any saxophone, or as a section feature for all the saxes. With more than a nod to the original recording by Steely Dan, Mike takes this tune to new heights in his funky and stylized version. Featuring a tenor and trombone duet at the top, this chart is also a great feature vehicle for guitar. However, the flexible solo section allows you to feature just about any instrument you choose. Written in a sophisticated funk style and recorded by Steely Dan, this appealing chart features a moderate tempo, biting harmonies, and solo space for piano and trombone. Great change of pace programming.
Knock On Wood (Key: F) Lady Madonna Lean on Me
Knock On Wood (Key: F)
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Lady Madonna
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Lean on Me
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John Wasson takes this classic rhythm and blues tune from the 60's and dresses it up in this ultra funky version for jazz ensemble. Featuring powerful ensemble writing and a solo for tenor, this impressive chart is sure to be a crowd favorite. Aretha Franklin's unique version of this Beatles classic can be heard as the theme song for the popular TV series, 'Grace Under Fire.'  In that same vein, this chart really cooks with a mediun tempo funk groove. Originally a hit for Bill Withers in the '70s, this catchy tune is a hit again thanks to the TV show Glee. This updated version features a contemporary medium funk groove and the melody passed around to all sections. Also includes a brief solo for tenor sax.
Low Rider Nothing from Nothing Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
Low Rider
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Nothing from Nothing
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Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
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Originally recorded by the group War, this new setting features a trio of trumpet, tenor sax and trombone on the melody plus funky ensemble riffs throughout. Great fun for the players and audience alike. Recorded by Billy Preston in 1974, this became a #1 hit on the charts, and in 1975 became the first musical number ever performed on the TV show Saturday Night Live! Here is a funky version for young players that carefully maintains the feel and style of the original.

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It doesn't get any funkier than this! James Brown and one of his trademark tunes are a perfect match for Mark Taylor and this outstanding version for jazz ensemble. Features hot writing for the brass and a funky rhythm section groove.
Pick up the Pieces Pick up the Pieces Respect
Pick up the Pieces
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Pick up the Pieces
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Respect
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This is the unmistakable number 1 hit from the 70's group Average White Band! Mark's ultra-funky and ultra-cool chart written in classic “horn band” style showcases the familiar licks and hot rhythmic groove. Great chart for letting your soloists really open up! Here's the huge hit recorded by Average White Band in 1975 in a funky setting for small band. Even without Aretha Franklin, your young jazz ensemble can sound great on this classic rhythm & blues tune. Even at this easy level, the sound is still authentic and includes solid scoring throughout. Includes a brief solo for alto.
Sanford and Son Theme September Signed, Sealed, Delivered! - The Music of Stevie Wonder - The Music of Stevie Wonder
Sanford and Son Theme
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September
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Here is an easy version of one of the most recognizable TV themes ever written. Solid scoring, funky riffs and a catchy melody make this one a guaranteed winner. (Includes CD) Here's the classic funk tune from Earth, Wind & Fire in a terrific arrangement for big band by Mark Taylor. This one includes all your favorite signature horn riffs as well as a solo for tenor sax. The creative genius of Stevie Wonder never grows old. Here is a hard-hitting medley of hits that opens with the saxes playing lead on Living for the City. Next is You Are the Sunshine of My Life with the trombones followed by trumpets. The entire band gets to wail on Sir Duke, while Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours starts with the saxes then ends full out with the entire ensemble.
Slam Smackwater Jack Soul Vaccination
Slam
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Smackwater Jack
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Soul Vaccination
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Slappin', poppin' funk recorded by jazz fusion saxophonist David Sanborn! Mark Taylor has done a great job of capturing this distinctive sound in this churning chart. Based on the early Quincy Jones version of this song from the '70s, this easy funk chart created by Paul Murtha really cooks.  Includes written or ad lib. solos for alto and trumpet. Written and recorded by Tower Of Power, this supercharged chart is the ultimate in funk writing for big band! Paul has authentically recreated this famous tune using a tenor sax soloist, the trademark tight horn riffs and a churning rhythm section groove.
Soul Vaccination Spinning Wheel Street Life
Soul Vaccination
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Spinning Wheel
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Street Life
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Still popular after 40 years, Tower of Power set the bar for horn-driven funk. This classic from the early '70s is adapted here for younger players. The signature riffs and rhythms are authentic but brass ranges have been adjusted to a more modest level. Grade 4. (Berry) Recorded by The Crusaders back in 1979, here is a funky version of this hit that will add excitement to any concert. In the same style as the original, this solid chart features the saxes on the head, solos for alto and trumpet, and an driving full ensemble finish.
Suit & Tie Sun Goddess Superstition
Suit & Tie
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Sun Goddess
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Superstition
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From the highly anticipated Justin Timberlake album The 20/20 Experience, here is an authentic-sounding version of the hit “Suit & Tie” for jazz ensemble. Featuring a medium tempo R&B groove and sizzling horn riffs, this is a great way to energize a concert.

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Recorded by Earth, Wind & Fire, here is one of their classic tunes arranged in a medium funk style for jazz ensemble. Trombones take the lead in the beginning followed by solos for piano and alto sax. There is plenty of solid and effective writing for the full ensemble as well. Mike Tomaro takes this funk classic by Stevie Wonder through a series of new twists and turns, but he is careful to preserve the great groove and signature horns riffs from the original. Featured are solos for alto and trumpet.
Superstition The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire The Funky Monkey
Superstition
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The Funky Monkey
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Stevie Wonder helped to bring funk to mainstream pop music in the '70s, and this is one of his most recognizable hits. Paul Murtha's arrangement is easy to learn yet maintains the authentic groove of the original. (Includes full performance CD)

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Lowden - Grade 4. With a medium funk groove and catchy riff-like melody, this original by Rick Stitzel will quickly become one of your band's favorites. There's plenty of solid ensemble playing to make it easy to learn, and the solo section can be used to feature any saxophone or even the entire section.

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The Jody Grind Them Changes Theme from Shaft
The Jody Grind
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Them Changes
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Theme from Shaft
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The funky stylings of Horace Silver are featured in this energetic arrangement from the acclaimed CD “Live at the MCG” recorded by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. A trumpet and tenor duet starts us off, followed by ensemble punches and solos for tenor and trombone. The entire ensemble gets into the act as the chart roars to a climactic finish.

From the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra CD, “The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Live at MCG” (MCGJ 1017); Courtesy of MCG Jazz (www.mcgjazz.org).
Here is the early funk classic by Buddy Miles in a hot setting by Roger Holmes. Along with the signature bass riff, this chart features flexible solo space for any instrument and crisp background horn figures. Easy Jazz Ensemble – Grade 2

Few of the famous funk themes from the '70s are more well-known than this classic by Isaac Hayes. Rick's authentic-sounding rendition makes it playable by just about any band.
There's Only So Much Oil in the Ground Thieves in the Temple Thriller
Thieves in the Temple
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Thriller
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Recorded by Tower of Power on their 1974 Urban Renewal album, this driving funk classic epitomizes the lasting appeal of this popular band. Mike Tomaro does a great job of adapting this for jazz ensemble, capturing the flavor of the original and adding a few fresh wrinkles. Includes open solo section for any instrument.

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You don't normally associate the music of Prince with jazz ensembles. However, this outstanding arrangement draws inspiration from the funky Herbie Hancock version and provides a great vehicle for ensemble playing as well as soloing. Recorded by Michael Jackson back in the 1980s, this highly infectious tune has one of pop music's funkiest bass lines plus an all-around great groove. (Grade 4)
Too High Treasure Uptown Funk!
Too High
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Treasure
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Uptown Funk!
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Jazz Ensemble Library – Grade 4

Due in part to its sophisticated jazz harmonies, this Stevie Wonder tune has been a favorite with jazz artists for years. This funky stylized version by Mike Tomaro brings it to the concert stage with flare and excitement. Tenor and trombone soloists share the spotlight, along with an energy-charged rhythm section.
Written in a medium-tempo funk style, this hit recorded by Bruno Mars continues his trend of catchy tunes with an old school R&B sound. Beautifully adapted by Paul Murtha in this version for young jazz groups.

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Here's the ultimate in contemporary funk from Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars! Paul Murtha captures all the style and attitude in this hot chart for jazz ensemble. The melody is skillfully passed around from section to section, and solo options are provided for trumpet and tenor sax.
Walk the Dinosaur We Can Work It Out What Is Hip
Walk the Dinosaur
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We Can Work It Out
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What Is Hip
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This catchy funk tune was recorded by Was (Not Was) in 1987, but more recently has been popularized in pop culture including the movies Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, The Flintstones, and Super Mario Bros. John Wasson's funky version shows why some tunes just never go out of style. Includes a solo for tenor sax and the signature chant “boom, boom, ack-a lack-a lack-a boom.” Guaranteed fun!

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Reminiscent of the sassy and funky version recorded by Chaka Kahn, here is a hot re-working of the classic Beatles hit. Featuring creative harmonies and sizzling horn riffs, this is sure to add a spark of energy to any program.

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Signature tune from the definitive funk band, Tower Of Power.  This dynamic and authentic chart offers your band a challenge that is worth the extra effort.
What Is Hip What Is Hip? What's Going On
What Is Hip
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What Is Hip?
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What's Going On
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Here is the signature tune from the definitive funk band, Tower of Power. Scored for just 6 horns, this dynamic and authentic chart offers your band a challenge that is worth the extra effort. (Grade 5) Ask the proverbial musical question with this Tower Of Power trademark tune and let your band roar on the answer. Carefully adapted for younger players, this funk chart will be an instant hit with your band and audiences alike. The solo section near the end is flexible. Marvin Gaye recorded this hit in 1971 and 30 years later it's back on the charts as an all-star tribute. John Berry's version for jazz ensemble is laid back funk at its best.
What's Going On Will It Go Round in Circles?
What's Going On
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Will It Go Round in Circles?
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This classic Marvin Gaye hit has always been a favorite with jazzers and has great crossover appeal. From the CD “Out of the Woods” by the Les Hooper Band, this funky version is infused with a West Coast attitude and is packed with energy and drive. A solo for alto sax is featured.

From the CD “Out of the Woods” by the Les Hooper Band. Courtesy of Hooperman Records. Visit: www.leshooper.com
Trombones and saxes lead the way on this Billy Preston favorite from 1973 while the trumpets add the sassy answering figures. With the familiar melodies and funky groove, this is sure to be a hit.